Iceland Northern Lights Adventure

by Monika Telenga

During this story about my Iceland Northern Lights Adventure, I will highlight some of the iconic spots for everyone visiting Iceland for the first time. Moreover, I want to tell you about something very special, something that only a few had a chance to experience, something that blew my mind away! A performance of nature that is second to none! 


Let’s start with the Golden Circle tour. It’s popular although worth participating in. During this tour, you will see the three most important natural attractions: Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area and the Gullfoss Waterfall. In the Thingvellir National Park, you can see exactly where the North-American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart. It is the only place in the whole world, where you can see these two tectonic plates, above the ground!

In the Geysir Geothermal Area, you’ll see water spouting up so high as 30 meters (100ft) into the air every few minutes, which is outstanding! The area is covered with boiling water holes and makes you feel close to the centre of the earth. This is due to the magma which is located quite close to the surface of the earth. Magma makes the rocks hot enough to boil water and consequently make it erupt up in the air.

The third one is the powerful waterfall – Gullfoss. Many people think that Gullfoss Waterfall is the most impressive one in Iceland and it probably is. Although, my attention was caught by a different waterfall…


Skogafoss Waterfall amazed me at first glance. It is 65 meters high, so powerful and intimidating. I climb half of the way up, to have a better view and make some good pictures. With my freshly discovered scare of highs, I was paralysed, couldn’t move my feet. It was as beautiful up there as it was dangerous! The ground was muddy and slippery and I was standing on the little slope. Although, that was the moment, right there, right now. Happiness filled me up to the limit, didn’t know what was there ahead of me, waiting… 


It’s good to visit Iceland two times a year, in summer to discover all of the parts of the island that are impassable during winter, and be amazed by the colours of the flora. Summer, it’s a good time for people who like camping. There are many picturesque spots where you can pitch your tent, without being caught by the police like in other European countries, where wild camping is not allowed. Recently in Iceland, there have been some changes to that privilege. Although it’s still possible if there are no defined campsites nearby. However, don’t try wild camping in the winter as it might be dangerous.
Many tourists come to Iceland thinking they will save some money by sleeping in a tent or a car. Meanwhile, the weather condition during wintertime is too unpredictable and unstable to do that, especially if it’s about inexperienced tourists. Be responsible and make the right choices! Despite the hard weather condition, wintertime has something unique and marvellous to offer. It has got many names, Aurora Borealis, Polar Light, Norther Light, phenomenal, phenomenon!


The prognosis was good but the sky so clouded. To see the Aurora you need to have a clear sky and a high light activity, I would say, you need to have lots of luck! Especially if you are in Iceland for only 5 days and the weather doesn’t spoil you. 
I didn’t have high expectations, decided to take it as it is. At 8 pm, we packed ourselves into the Jeep and go for Iceland Northern Lights adventure! We went more or less 140 km outside Reykjavik just to avoid the light disruption. The guide Adam was checking a few times for the right spot to stop but none of them was good enough. 
Finally, we get to the point which had the potential of seeing the northern lights, Adam took the picture of the sky, just to check if there is any aurora behind the clouds. Since the camera can capture the lights more precisely than the human eye. He said aurora is there and would be visible as soon as the sky will clear out. It didn’t seem like it is going to clear out though, was the middle of the night, cold and windy. 
Adam, our guide prepared some warm chocolate to warm everyone up and the only thing we could do was waiting. After half an hour of watching in the cloudy sky, everyone starts to get impatient and colder and colder. I strongly believed we gonna see the lights, even if the chances were dropping down. 


Suddenly a tiny piece of the moon came out from the could, little hope that the sky will clear, but then it disappeared again. After some minutes, slowly I started to see little clear pieces of the sky, the wind was blowing so the clouds were moving. At one time, somebody noticed a green strip of light somewhere on the horizon, a really weak one, I couldn’t even see it, and I thought so that’s it? 
I looked closer and I saw little weak green light, everyone was happy, we saw the northern lights!! Although, I couldn’t help thinking, this is not what I expected. Suddenly, the sky clears out almost completely and the Iceland Northern Lights adventure started… 

The lights got stronger and erupted up to the sky, they started to dance right and left, up and down. They were moving so quickly and started to change colours as well, green, yellow and even red! I couldn’t believe my eyes, they were everywhere, I didn’t know where to look, wanted to scream from happiness. The lights were all around me, performing the most beautiful dance I have ever seen…

1 comment

Patricija 03/05/2021 - 09:23

Such a big urge I got to visit Iceland when I read your post ♥️ 🇮🇸 Love it


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